The Braves have added a veteran pitcher to their young rotation, agreeing to a one-year contract with right-hander Bud Norris.
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Carter could be odd man out in Houston
With eight players eligible for arbitration this offseason, the Astros might have to non-tender somebody. Chris Carter looks like the most likely candidate. MLB rumors roundup
The Baltimore Orioles reacquired outfielder L.J. Hoes from the Houston Astros for cash on Wednesday.
Jed Lowrie has been traded by the Astros to the Athletics for the second time in his career, this time for minor league right-hander Brendan McCurry.
Don't expect the Astros to fade
Houston finally arrived as a contender in 2015 and should stay there next year given the team's young, talented core. The Stros are trending upward, Jim Bowden writes. MLB status check (Insider)
Fisher continues to underwhelm
Derek Fisher continues to disappoint despite his impressive physical gifts. Given his lackluster defense and flimsy arm, he will have to hit his way onto the big league roster. Arizona Fall League recap (Insider)
Dallas Keuchel among elite starters
Buster Olney isn't looking for a dropoff next season from the left-hander who captured the AL Cy Young and helped the Astros claim their first postseason berth in a decade. Top starters (Insider)
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Clubs talking to Astros say they seem "hell-bent to get a closer." Checked in on Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller, Ken Giles, Bead Boxberger, plus free-agent options. More on this in today's Hot Stove Daily
Slugger Chris Davis should have an opportunity to stay with the Orioles, but he also figures to be heavily pursued by the Cardinals and Astros.
Value still there for Scott Kazmir
Sure, Kazmir's second half with the Astros was a far cry from his first half with the Athletics, but he's still an accomplished starter. That and the fact that he won't cost a draft pick make him an attractive free agent. Second-tier steals (Insider)
The Astros have traded infielder Jonathan Villar to the Milwaukee Brewers for minor league pitcher Cy Sneed.
Would Astros trade for Jose Fernandez?
With such a stacked rotation, the Astros don't need another starter. That said, they have the young talent to get one. What prospect combo might send Fernandez to Houston? Other possible destinations
Would the Phillies trade Ken Giles?
Rebuilding teams like Philadelphia are supposed to hold on to arms like Giles. However, other clubs, like the Astros and Marlins, are reportedly checking in on the 25-year-old closer. MLB rumors roundup
Brewers get Jonathan Villar from Astros
Villar appeared in 53 games for Houston last season, batting .284 in 116 at bats. He started games at 3B, SS and LF. Houston gets minor league pitcher Cy Sneed in exchange.
A deserving win for Dallas Keuchel
The Astros ace posted the kind of numbers that merit Cy Young consideration this season.
Dallas Keuchel wins AL Cy Young Award
The Astros LHP won 20 games, the most in the AL, and posted a 2.48 ERA on the season. With 22 first-place votes, he's the third Astros pitcher to win the award.
Both Dallas Keuchel and Jake Arrieta had their issues on the mound before breaking out this season and winning Cy Young Awards.
We take a look at what made Dallas Keuchel and Jake Arrieta so good in 2015.
Keuchel: 'I wanted to party a little more'
Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel wanted to pop champagne to celebrate winning the AL Cy Young but instead decided to keep it PG for TV.
AL Cy Young Award voting
- Dallas Keuchel, Astros: 22 first-place votes, 186 points
- David Price, Blue Jays: 8 first-place votes, 143 points
- Sonny Gray, A's: 0 first-place votes, 82 points
Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel won the AL Cy Young Award with 22 first-place votes. David Price was second.
Tight race for AL Cy Young
Although Dallas Keuchel holds the edge in wins, David Price had a better ERA and racked up more strikeouts. Sonny Gray is in the conversation as well but seems to be a distant third place.
The race in the American League was closer than expected in the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America voting.